Scientists have to use some roundabout methods to weigh the Earth and measure what’s inside it—typically, they’ve used sound waves and the strength of gravity to make their calculations. But one team has weighed the Earth in a whole new way: by measuring mysterious cosmic particles that pass through it.
In 1911, two teams—one from Norway and one from Britain—vied to become the first to reach the South Pole. Led by Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian team won the race, while all five members of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition perished on the return journey home. New research suggests Amundsen’s team may have…
According to multiple reports, Buzz Aldrin, legendary astronaut and impeccable 30 Rock guest star, has been medically evacuated from the South Pole, where he was visiting with a tourist group.
A team of pilots and a medical worker are in the midst of evacuating a sick staff member from a science base near the South Pole. The rescue attempt is considered treacherous given the extreme midwinter temperatures and distances involved.
This is one of the most fascinating images of Mars I’ve ever seen. The perspective—captured by Mars Express—makes it feel like I’m standing under our closest planetary neighbor, looking up at its south polar ice cap and its billion-year-old cratered highlands. In other words, this is Mars’ nether regions.
The first explorer to ever set foot on the untouched South Pole did so over 100 years ago, in 1911. Although the area may have looked pristine, it had already been contaminated by lead.
Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was here with us in New York City walking us through the expedition's high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New…
Right now three people are competing in a bike race from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole. The winner will be the first person to bike there ever. And 35-year-old Maria Leijerstam is attempting to trike there on a really weird/badass-looking tricycle.
The Antarctic region has been home to numerous fishing villages, whaling stations, scientific bases, and way stations for exploration. Many of these facilities have since been abandoned, left to the snow and ice. But they still serve as remarkable time capsules to the industries and expeditions of their times.
There's a new Geographic South Pole Marker, a pretty shiny metal pole that marks the actual geographic pole. Since the ice sheet that covers Antarctica moves, the previous marker moves along—about 10 meters from its real position. So the scientists from the Amundsen-Scott base celebrate each New Year by unveiling a…
Headed out to explore the frigid Arctic? Better pack some blow. Scottish author Gavin Francis details the medical supplies early 20th century expeditions took on their treks to the South Pole, and they read more like the inventory list of a heavily stocked drug den than a voyage to the coldest place on the planet.
Can't afford a trip to the South Pole? It's cool, neither can we. Fortunately, Google's got us covered. Today marks the launch of Google's extensive collection of panoramic street view imagery from Antarctica — including the most accurate, hi-res data available for some of the continent's most noteworthy destinations.
This is Aleksander Gamme, a Norwegian man who had been wandering the South Pole for 86 days when he found his last cache hidden in the snow—one he left on his way in. He didn't take notes and he couldn't remember what was in it.
Ernest Shackleton earned his place in history as the leader of the ill-fated Endurance expedition, when he braved 920 miles of Antarctic waters to save his stranded crew. Now, for just $2500, you can commemorate Shackleton's heroic legacy...in biscuit form.
Earth is surrounded by two huge regions of charged particles like protons and electrons, and these areas are known as the Van Allen radiation belts. These belts can mysteriously change their intensity, posing a threat to astronauts and sensitive electronics.
Does it get cooler than this? A telescope, called BICEP, collecting data on BLACK BATTER, located on the SOUTH POLE. I think that it does not. It's hard to believe something this incredible looking is found on earth.
2010 was a great year for Science. NASA's space plane (and the Dolly lineage) were resurrected while a
secret laboratory Neturino observatory was built under the South Pole. Check out our best science stories of the year!
In 1910, two expeditions, one led by an adventurer, the other by a scientist, raced to become the first to reach the South Pole. Only one of the teams had the equipment and experience necessary to make it back alive.
A new scientific research station opened its doors last week in Amundsen-Scott, the southern-most inhabitable spot on our planet. It belongs to the US, and took 20 years and $174 million to design and build. Its creators are hoping it will last, this time—its previous incarnations were eventually buried by snow and…